Elie Wiesel World Literature Analysis - Essay

Elie Wiesel World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

“I never intended to be a philosopher,” insists Wiesel. “The only role I sought was that of witness. I believed that, having survived by chance, I was duty-bound to give meaning to my survival, to justify each moment of my life.” Many optimistic assumptions about the innate goodness of human nature, humanity’s moral progress, and even love itself were incinerated at Auschwitz. Yet Wiesel, the survivor, testifies that despair is not the answer. His writings sustain the plea that death deserves no more victories and that evil should never have the last word.

“The Holocaust,” writes Wiesel, “demands interrogation and calls everything into question. Traditional ideas and acquired values, philosophical...

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